Hull City: Patience paid off for Aaron Mclean, says Steve Bruce
HULL City boss Steve Bruce heaped praise on man-of-the-moment Aaron Mclean after the striker's patience finally paid off with a goal to sink Sheffield Wednesday.
Mclean needed less than two minutes to make his mark as a substitute at Hillsborough, scoring with almost his first touch to earn the Tigers a much-needed 1-0 win.
A first Championship goal since March 13 was a timely reminder of Mclean's ability after playing second fiddle to the in-form Sone Aluko and Jay Simpson for the last month.
The 29-year-old's place in the shadows has not been taken willingly and Bruce joked he can now enjoy a quiet week after Mclean's decisive strike earned three valuable points.
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"He's had to wait patiently," he said. "He's been knocking my door down for weeks, so I'll have a peaceful week. I'll have a rest from him now.
"He's played wide on the right for us and I know he doesn't really enjoy that.
"He's always in your thoughts because he is lively and effervescent. He's a larger-than-life character and I'm delighted for him."
Despite scoring in both League Cup fixtures this season, against Rotherham and Doncaster, Mclean has had to settle for a place on the bench for seven consecutive league games.
A chance to shine came his way at Hillsborough when Simpson was forced off with a minor knee injury and the former Peterborough man took his opportunity when converting Aluko's flick with a crisp low finish.
City's victory was all the more significant after a run of three consecutive defeats had triggered a tumble out of the top six.
The Tigers remain in 10th as they regroup during the international break, but are just a point adrift of the play-off places and six behind league-leaders Cardiff.
Bruce credited a fifth win of the season to the depth of his injury-hit squad. The previously out-of-favour Liam Rosenior, Andy Dawson and Paul McKenna joined Paul McShane in the starting XI and helped City battle their way to a dogged victory.
Bruce hopes the international break will work in the Tigers' favour and see a cluster of players return in time to face Ipswich in 12 days.
He said: "I'm just pleased we've managed to come to Sheffield Wednesday with six players missing and get a win. The break has come a good time for us. It will enable us to get a few people fit again."
ROBERT Koren (calf) and Joe Dudgeon (knee) have joined Alex Bruce (groin) and James Chester (hamstring) as short-term injury concerns, but all four, as well as Simpson, stand a chance of facing Ipswich.
Dudgeon and Bruce will today see their fitness assessed ahead of international commitments with Northern Ireland, but both are "extremely doubtful" for the game.